Just Playin' A-Round!



Hi, Everyone!  I'm Val from PinkPlease!, cooking up my very first Moda Bake Shop recipe.  When I was making this play mat, I felt like half of the Jelly Roll was being cut off and thrown into my scrap bin.  I thought there has got to be a way to reuse these scraps ... and Voila! ... the changing pad was born!  You just can't beat two quilts made from one Jelly Roll!

I am completely in love with all things MoMo, and when I saw her new fabric line, “Just Wing It,” I knew these quilts would be a perfect fit!  I've partnered up with Fat Quarter Shop to bring you a giveaway to help start your quilts.  You gotta play to win, so hurry on over to my blog for your chance!


1 Jelly Roll of MoMo's Just Wing It (#32440JR) for top(s)
2 yards of Just Wing It (#32440 27) for backing(s)
1/2 yard (#32445 20) for binding(s)

I intermixed a few Bella solids, but you can definitely complete the top of both quilts with just one Jelly Roll.




***All seam allowances are ¼”.***


***Read the entire recipe before starting.  By doing this, you will learn how to make both the play mat and the changing pad simultaneously.


***It may not be a bad idea to use a stronger 90/14 needle since it gets quite congested in the middle of the quilt towards the end.  I used an 80/12 needle for both of these quilts, but on another play mat I made, I used an 80/12 needle and it broke when I got to the center of the quilt (when the quilt was almost complete), flew at me, and almost took my eye out.  ...just sayin'!***


Creating the Play Mat

1.  Cut the entire Jelly Roll in half, creating 80 (2 ½” x  22") strips.


2.   Set out all your strips in a circular pattern to determine your sewing order.  For the play mat, you will need approx. 68 strips.  (You'll need to set aside 3 additional colored strips for your changing pad.)
 


3.  Choose your first strip and lay it right side up on your cutting mat.






4.  Cut the strip diagonally lengthwise starting at the top right corner and cutting to ¼” over from the bottom left corner (I know this sounds confusing so I've taken a close-up photo below for a visual aid). This ¼” provides the necessary seam allowance for attaching the next strip.  Make sure the selvage is always the widest part of your strip (this will be the outside edge of the quilt(s)) when you both cut and sew.  On second thought, it would be pretty cool to put your selvages toward the center of your quilt so the middle could scream "Mo Mo, Mo Mo, Mo Mo!"





5.  Here is what the first piece looks like after it's cut.

The piece of the left will be used for the play mat,
the scrap on the right will be used for the changing pad.

6.  Don't throw away the scrap you just cut!  This will be used to make your changing pad.

7.  With right sides together, pin (if you choose) and sew your second full uncut strip to the first diagonal piece, sewing from the outside (selvage) of the quilt to the middle/inside.



8.  Press seams open.



9.  Place the two pieces you’ve sewn together right side up on your cutting mat.  Cut the second strip (on the right) as you did in step 4 (above), starting from the top right corner and cutting on the diagonal down the length of the strip to ¼” over from the bottom left corner of the second strip.  





10.  With right sides together, sew the third full strip to the second diagonal piece.


11.  Press seams open.

12.  Place the three pieces you’ve sewn together right side up on your cutting mat.  Again, cut the third strip (the strip on the right side) as you did in Step 4, starting at the top right corner and cutting on the diagonal to the bottom left corner, leaving ¼” seam allowance intact.





13.  Repeat steps 3-7 for the remaining 65 strips.

Make sure to always leave 1/4" in the center when cutting off your scrap strip.

14.  When it is time to sew the final seam connecting the last diagonally cut strip to the beginning first strip, I have found that it is most effective to sew this strip starting from the middle of the quilt and sewing toward the outside to make sure everything lines up nicely.  Sew slowly, so your needle can get through all those layers without breaking (and taking out an eye!)



15.  After you have sewn the last strip to the first, press the seams open.  As you will notice, the middle gets a little crazy.  When pressing, don't worry about the middle so much.  Let it go where it wants to go.  Just make sure to press the seams open as well as you can on the outer portion of the quilt. 





16.  Your play mat will now look like this.





17.  Once you have the top completed, it’s time to sandwich, baste, quilt, bind, and wash your play mat.  When basting, I recommend used basting spray to hold the top nicely in place.  I quilted the entire playmat first and then trimmed off the selvages from the edges before binding.    

18.  When binding, make sure to cut your binding on the bias for maximum smoothness around the curves. 



19.  Here is what your finished Baby Play Mat will look like.  Throw it on the floor and be the envy of all the parents at your next play date!



Here's the Back... (did I mention that I LOVE MoMo?)




Creating the Changing Pad



The changing pad is a breeze to make because your strips are already cut into triangles.  As scraps are cut from the play mat, you can start sewing them together to make this changing pad. Each time you cut a new scrap, immediately sew it onto the changing pad.  If you do it this way, you will be pleasantly surprised to have two completed quilt tops finished at the exact same time.  Keep in mind, the changing pad uses 3 more strips than the play mat, so if you want to add a strip into the changing mat at a specific spot, other than at the end, be aware of it while you are sewing and don't forget to add it in.  I just added my three extra strips at the very end.  I know it doesn't seem logical that the smaller changing pad uses more strips than the larger play mat, but it really does.  Here is a picture of what it will look like when you've finished the play mat and still need to add the 3 strips to the changing pad.



1.  You will basically be using the same technique as used in making the play mat.  Choose your first two strips you plan to sew together.  You can either follow the same order that you used for the play mat, or you can mix it up. I chose to follow the same order.

2.  Take your first strip and lay it right side up.



3.  Lay your second strip on top of the first strip (right sides together).  The pinked edge of the top piece (strip 2) should be on the right side. (This is the side you will sew).  Sew the two pieces together.


4.  Press seams open.

5.  Turn the two pieces you’ve sewn together right side up. If you'll notice, the strip on the right looks a little wavy.  You'll want to straighten'er up.




....Ahhh much better!

6.  With right sides together, sew the third strip to the second diagonal piece.  The pinked edge of the top piece (strip 3) should be on the right side.


7.  Press seams open.

8.  Turn the three sewn pieces right side up on your cutting mat.  Trim the strip up as you did before removing any waviness.  Make sure to leave your 1/4" seam allowance at the bottom.





9.  You will now notice that there is extra fabric starting to accumulate at the center of your changing pad.  You will want to trim the center up all the way to where your piece on the far right is 1/4" wide.  Measure the length of your fabric at this point.  Then, as you start adding strips to your changing pad, you will want to cut all strips to this length (see photo in step 10 below).  Here's a picture to better show this.




10.  Trim your next strip to the same length as the others.  Pin and sew.



11.  Press seams open. Turn fabric right side up and trim so there is 1/4" at the bottom-center of the right most piece.


12.  Repeat this process all the way around the changing pad.

13.  As with the play mat, when it is time to sew the final seam, connecting the last diagonally cut strip to strip 1, sew the seam starting from the middle and sewing toward the outer edge of the quilt.

14.  Once you have the top complete, just like the play mat, it's time to sandwich, baste, quilt, bind, & wash.  

15.  Yeah!  You're finished.  Now pat yourself on the back and admire your beautiful new quilts!! 




The finished play mat is approximately 38 ½” in diameter (after washing).
The finished changing pad is approximately 28 ½” in diameter (after washing).

I’d love to see the wonderful creations you come up with!  Please add your pictures to my PinkPlease! flickr group as well as the Moda Bake Shop flickr groups!

...oh, and if you're interested in knowing the secret of how I magically photographed these levitating quilts...come on over to my bloggie blog for an all-access look behind the scenes.
Make sure to leave me a note!  

I love comments!

~Val

138 comments:

Jamie Mueller @ SunFlower Seeds said...

super cute!!!

Quiltjane said...

Great idea. The fabrics are divine.

junglewife said...

Wow, what a fun project! I never would have thought to sew the jelly roll strips in a circle... I think the thought of that middle intimidates me a bit... I still may have to try it, though!

Melissa Clark said...

Cool! is it just precise sewing that makes the middle a bit more flat than I am thinking mine will be? I love the colors. :) Thanks for that recipe.

Courtney said...

I am expecting our 3rd girl and can't wait to make this! Super cute!! Thanks!

bruinbr said...

These are fantastic! I love MoMO too and I just *have* to make this now! :)

Q said...

great idea and they are both totally adorable!

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Yowzer yowzer yowzer those are just stunning!

KatheG said...

So Cute!! And Original! Your instructions are very clear. Thanks.

Erin said...

I love this...totally divine!

Ladybug said...

I can't wait to make these for a baby shower I'm going to in two weeks. Finally a chance to try out a round quilt and cut down on my to do list.

Wendy said...

wow, what a beautiful quilt! I love the round... and the fabric is gorgeous! Congrats on your first recipe!!

Steven and Ginger said...

Beautiful quilt. I love the round shape.

Rachel said...

now that's just clever...and it looks easy enough! Very very cute.

Val Campbell said...

Thanks for the nice comments! Please post your pics in my flickr group and on Moda's flickr group once you make them so I can see all your lovely creations! The middle does get a little crazy, just go slow and it really won't stick out like you think it will once you're done!

Kathie said...

I love the Moda Bake Shop and I love getting to be linked to all of you creative designers every week! This is so usable!!! And my new grandbaby, Dylan, has to have it! I have made a shower quilt, giraffe wallhanging quilt, a baby sling and pacifier clips...he is only 10 weeks old and I am loving your blog!!! Kathie from Ohio

Chrystal said...

This is so pretty! My little one is already scooting around, so I probably won't make one for her. But I have a couple of friends with newborns that would love it I'm sure! Thanks for the pattern!

Lindsay Conner said...

Very impressed that you got two projects out of one jelly roll! Congrats on the finished project. :)

Strix said...

This is adorable. Love the shape, love the strippy-ness, love the color.

Jillian said...

Great ideas! My mind is churning...

jil said...

Clever way to get the two mats from one strip...great thinking!! I love the scrappy quality and its stimulating and fun. Thanks for sharing. jbrgeternity@hotmail.com

Karen P. said...

i love momo too! congrats on the tutorial!

KristyZ said...

This is such a cute and creative idea!! Hope to see many more tutorials from you.

Sherryl said...

Yep - that middle has got to be insane! Still, I've been wanting to make a round quilt... this might be a good one to start with!
sunshdws@yahoo.com

Jennifer said...

Visually stunning and what a great way to use leftovers!!!

Laura said...

so beautiful and original!

EG said...

Wow, good work! And I envy your parents for their lovely shed. :)

robin said...

Very clever, not to mention cute! :)

Ramona said...

I like it! Great idea.

RenegadeQuilter said...

Love the look of these two quilts - very modern.

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

Fun quilts and a great tutorial.

Crystal - The Domestic Warrior said...

I love this idea! What a refreshing change from all of the square and rectangular pads out there. And can I say I am IN LOVE with this fabric? How have I lived without it until now? Great job!!

Petit Design Co. said...

what kid wouldn't love playing on such a cheerful mat

Michelle said...

I want to make a play mat for my craft room! Adorable!

Jessica said...

Adorable! What a great idea :)

Katrina said...

So cute! I might just have to make one up as a table-topper though - my kids are way too old for a changing pad LOL!

JuneBug said...

very cool! love the coordination, and the fun fun fun colors!

Carla said...

Very Cool Idea! Love the way the colors go around the circle! :)

Molly said...

I love this! I'm thinking about making them for my future nephew/niece!

Amber said...

What a clever quilt! I'm very impressed with this beautiful quilt. I'm off to work on that jelly roll I've been saving for this project!

Janey Millar said...

Wow! These round quilts look awesome! Was waiting for the Around the block kit to come in at the FQS but might try this instead, love this fabric! Am already a happy follower of FQS

James-Linda said...

Thanks for a wonderful tutorial!
What a lot of work for you+I appreciate it! Thanks again for sharing with all of us!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Mandalin said...

Wowsers Val, that looks like so much fun to try! And you have me gasping for that new MoMo!! Fabulous!!

trashmaster46 said...

Awesome. It's fun to see blankets in different shapes. I crocheted a blanket in a circle. Well, okay, by the time I was done it was more of a hexagon, but the point is - it wasn't square or rectangular. And the design really works for a circular blanket - it's not just an odd shape for the sake of having a blanket in an odd shape. Nice.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Great tutorial!

Brakmack said...

Wow Val! What an awesome set!! And I love that fabric! Thanks for the tutorial. Have a great weekend!!
Cristina

Deanna S said...

Lovely, I have a new grandchild arriving in Sept. Looks like I would have time to get this cute idea finished in time!

Natasha said...

love it. how cheerful.

Jeanne said...

Very cute and great idea! Love the colors and shape!

Kori said...

These are fun! And I have a new nephew coming in a few months. He may be the perfect use for this!
Thanks for sharing.
Kori

webmailaddress2 said...

Interesting design!

Pam said...

Very cute and different! Looks like a fun project.

Carolyn said...

Very, very cute! When you look at the picture of it, it really looks difficult, but with your awesome instructions, it's not at all. Thank you!!

Jennifer said...

I love this! Great Pattern!

Jennifer B

Sallie said...

So cute! Love the fabrics and design.

haddie said...

THIS IS GREAT!!!! Such a fun idea and creative.... I will have to give this a go... thanks

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Thanks for the recipe!

jennifer said...

Yummy colors.

Quiltstory said...

Val!! You're amazing, I love it!

ellesquare said...

Scream!!!!! I love it!

Shelby said...

Awesome! i'm not sure if I have the patience to complete it, but I might have to try anyways!

Megan said...

Very cute.. and original!

Marla said...

I have moda jelly roll that I wasn't sure what to do with - can't wait to bring it out for this project!

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Quiltin' Sandy said...

Great tutorial Val, and the fabric is lovely. :)

Val Laird said...

Love what you have done with this gorgeous fabric.

Catswhiskers said...

absolutely gorgeous.

Mandy said...

seriously just one of the most beautiful things ive seen..i am not a great sewer, but i can see this as a cute little rug for my daughters room...you are very clever...xxx

Peach Rainbow said...

It's beautiful - Thanks for sharing :D

Lisa Marie said...

What a unique idea and the fabrics are beautiful.

Quilter in the Gap said...

I have a girlfriend expecting her first...guess what she is getting...thanks!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow this is such a fun project. Thanks for sharing on MBS.

rilojane said...

This is fantastic! I'm seriously going shopping TODAY.
Love it.
(And a very clear & understandable set of instructions, too. kudos!)

Nicholas Park said...
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Genevieve P said...

I love the shading of the colors around the quilt! Great recipe.

Rhonda said...

What a clever idea!! I'm a very linear person and never considered sewing the strips into a circle!!

Rocknquilts said...

I love something totally new and this is it! Thank you for such a nice tutorial to follow, too. You should consider making a youtube video for this, too because sewing strips in the round is something completely new!

Debbie B said...

Neat way to use all those little left-overs!

Kelly said...

I love this playmat. The colors are darling and I have 3 baby gifts to make in the next three months. This is perfect and different from the usual baby stuff!

Cassie said...

I love this! so cute and could totally be done as a rainbow of colors if you planned it out. :)

Krista at Mango House said...

I'm already dreaming of making this one.

Linda said...

It's a cute idea. I'm hoping to win the jelly roll you're giving away. Thank you!

Karen said...

Very cute design and a great tutorial.

charlotte said...

very cute idea.

Marcia W. said...

It is amazing how you managed the centers of the circles! This would be a challenge for me. It would be fun to win the ingredients to try it! Good work!

justpeg said...

Very Nice,adorable idea!

KathyB said...

These are beautiful! I think, although your directions are very clear, that these took a lot of work. whew! I work primarily with small pieces of fabric. ...come see what I do with the scraps

nanotchka said...

clever use of a jelly roll! great tutorial.

WandaFish said...

These mats look just great! Challenging but interesting for me and I have several babies to stitch for at the moment :)

Deborah in Atlanta said...

Wow, I love the circle and would love to try it. Gonna print your tutorial off and give it a whirl. Thanks for sharing!

Meghann said...

Such a cute idea:) Going to add it to my list of things I hope to make once my little one makes her appearance anyday now!!!!

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

What an adorable idea :) And your instructions are so clear and easy to follow. Thank you!!

Needled Mom said...

Great tutorial and a darling project too.

Kathy H said...

Such great fabric for baby things. ANd a round mat! Nice change from the usual. Very cute.

annmarie said...

WOW - a whole new way of using jelly rolls - great tute - Thanks.

Snoodles said...

Love your playmat and changing pad...the colors are wonderful!
Jacque in SC
quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

AJ said...

Love it!

Talin's Corner said...

Very cute. Love the way it turned out.

BugNug said...

love it!

Deb said...

Congrats on the tutorial! So bright and colorful.

All Things Beautiful said...

Wow! cute and full of colorful inspiration for the little one who gets to use it.

Nancy said...

What a unique quilt. I love the fabric you chose to use. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Jo said...

What a fun and useful idea Thanks

deserae said...

What a fun idea!

Ann said...

Great idea!

momma said...

Lovely mats, and your tutorial looks really clear, thanks.

Bek said...

these are awesome!!! Just love it - great tutorial!

Victoria said...

I am just getting into these lovely bright fabrics so my stash is nil. What a boost this jelly roll would make!

Jen said...

Awesome idea and tute, Val!!!

reneseltzer said...

What a great original design! I love the fabrics!

Helen said...

What a great pattern and no waste. Who doesn't want two for the price of one.

Pondering said...

I bet this pattern was fun making up! I can't wait to try it!

Pondering said...

I bet this pattern was fun making up! I can't wait to try it!

Debra said...

This would make a wonder catnip mat for my kitties!

Kathleen C. said...

I love your tutorial--easy to follow and great photos. I'd love to make a round quilt, and using a jelly roll is perfect, of course. Think of the things we could do with a round quilt: decorate the dining table comes to mind. Thanks!

Lisa said...

The strippy one looks difficult but really cool! Thanks!

Crafty said...

Very nice and instructive tutorial. I have a little one due in the family soon. I will have to make one.

4c352448-3ef6-11e0-8edf-000bcdcb2996 said...

Wonderful idea!

Wendy said...

Wow, what an incredible project, it looks fabulous!

taio said...

superb

Jenniffier said...

What a cute idea! Great job!

Linda said...

Really unusual, I like it!!

scody said...

Beautiful! Little ones deserve to be surrounded by beautiful colors and sewing! I'm inspired.

Nancy Sue said...

Val,
Great project! Your directions and pics are perfect! Thanks for the reminder about flying needles. I like to sew with glasses on, and forget when I'm tired. Kudos on a unique and well done recipe. You are the TOP CHEF!

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

Congratulations on your tutorial, it looks so pretty!

Bea said...

What a great idea using strips like this. That is pretty clever to make a circle out of your jelly roll.I love the butterfly in the one you made!

Bea said...

will wouldn't ya know I really like the give away and enter it to late I see..lol..my luck.

Marty's Fiber Musings said...

Val, what a great ideas - in the round! I've blogged and linked in the NLQG blog.

Anonymous said...

Thought this was just a cute idea, so I set out to make one for my new grandson. I followed read the directions twice before starting. Got started and read each step as I went because I did not want to mess this up. I finally finished piecing everything together. I'm not sure what happend or how you did it, but I wound up using 84 strips and I have a whole in the middle. So I need to figure out what to do with it because try as I might, it doesn't not come together as you have shown and if I use less strips, it doesn't lay flat. Just a little disappointed since I followed the instructions, however I do like what I have and I plan to make another one...I'll just know next time what to expect.

~ Val @ PinkPlease! ~ said...

I am so sorry to hear that it didn't go perfectly. First let's talk about a solution and then we can try to figure out what went wrong. There are two things that I can think of that you can do to fix the hole in the middle. The first thing you can do is to cut the hole that you have a little larger. Then apply a circle of fabric on top of to hole like you would a dresden, as seen in this tutorial. (http://www.modabakeshop.com/2011/02/flowers-in-park-table-topper.html) I was actually going to do this originally to make it look more like a flower.

Instead of a circle in the middle, you could cut out a different shape for your grandson, like a cute little animal (a whale, a bear, etc. to applique over the hole.)

Now, let's talk about why the hole was created. Since we sew the strips starting from the outside of the circle sewing in, it is human nature to line up the strips together where you start (the outside of the quilt). If you notice that the strips are not coming together all the way in the center, start the next strip you sew in a little bit so that you are positive it will reach the center. Even though the outside of the circle may not all be lined up now, you can trim it up at the end to make it even.

I am not sure why it is not laying flat, maybe you could email me a picture of it so I can take a look at it to val.campbell.4320@gmail.com. Maybe it just needs an extra strip or to have a strip removed?

I think it will still look cute with the hole fixed with a bit of fabric. Thanks for the feedback. This will help me when writing my next tutorial! I appreciate your honesty.

~Val @ howaboutpinkplease.blogspot.com

denise said...

Hi Val, so sorry I did not mean for the last comment to be anonymous, don't know what I did wrong. Hope this isn't a duplicate - tried to post yesterday and I don't see it. Anyway, thanks for your feedback. I completed my project and I really like it. I wound up putting a monogramed "patch" in the middle which worked out really well. I don't know what I did wrong, your instructions were really good. I am planning on making another mat as a gift and as a way to (hopefully) find my mistakes. I think the mat is super cute and very different which is what I look for.

Thanks again,I'll let you know how the next one turns out :)
Denise

~ Val @ PinkPlease! ~ said...

Denise, I'm so glad it all worked out. I'd love to see a picture!

Denise said...

Val, I'll send you a picture as soon as I can. Thanks again.

Denise said...

Val, I sent you an email with pictures.

denise said...

Hi Val, working on my second play mat and I am loving it. Still not perfect, but much better and easier to do this time. I'll send you a picture when it's finished.

~ Val @ PinkPlease! ~ said...

You rock, Denise!

denise said...

Thanks Val, almost finished.

Marcia W. said...

this is very cute - liked it the first time visited too